Speak Out: Art, Design and Politics

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Sunnyside Up, 2006 Wood, Acrylic 9.5" X 18.5" X 11" © Gerrit Van Ness, 516 ARTS
2008 Jessup Competition Event Signage, 2008 Graphic Design © Lillian Lee & Neha Motipara, 516 ARTS
The Raft of George W. Bush, 2008 Gelatin Silver Print 22" X 24" © Joel Peter Witkin, 516 ARTS
Speak Out: Art, Design and Politics
Curated by: Abby Goldstein

516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
November 1st, 2008 - December 20th, 2008
Opening: November 1st, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

12:00 - 5:00pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays
environmental, design, graphic-design, Politcal, mixed-media, photography, digital, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, figurative, sculpture


516 ARTS is pleased to announce Speak Out: Art, Design & Politics, opening right before the election on Saturday, November 1, 6-8pm. Guest Curator Abby Goldstein, Associate Professor of Art at Fordham University in New York, has assembled a provocative two-floor exhibition featuring artists from across the country and the world who are not afraid to speak out. In the past, the power of print was enormous; people could be jailed for what they said, performed or put in print, and this is still true today in a few countries. In our present culture we are bombarded by a plethora of messages that jostle for our attention and flood our eyes and ears through print, performance and the media. This exhibition showcases artists and designers who have taken on the challenge of creating socially and politically charged messages that are responses to and meditations on injustices and atrocities around the globe.


516 WORDS: Saturday, November 15, 7pm

Join us for a literary arts event featuring poetry and music on political themes with: Margaret Randall, who the U.S. government judged subversive and she waged a battle with Immigration to be able to stay in the land of her birth; award winning Hip Hop playwright, break beat poet and recording artist Idris Goodwin; and Albuquerque’s own Priscilla Candelaria collaborating with Christian Orellano of the band Concepto Tambor, blending poetry with traditional rhythms and contemporary sounds. This event is organized by Richard Vargas and Lisa Gill in conjunction with the UNM M.F.A. in Creative Writing program.

Guerrilla Girls in Albuquerque

  • Performance: Friday, November 21, 7:30pm at the KiMo Theatre
  • Workshop: Saturday, November 22, 10:30am–1pm at UNM ARTS Lab

The Guerrilla Girls are legendary, feminist, masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman. They use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture. (see press release)

Art21 Screening — Protest: Thursday, December 4, 5:30pm

How do contemporary artists engage politics, inequality and the many conflicts that besiege the world today? This episode of the Art21 series examines the ways contemporary artists picture and question war, express outrage and empathize with the suffering of others, focusing on artists Nancy Spero, An-My Lê, Alfredo Jaar and Jenny Holzer. This event is produced in collaboration with Art21, Inc., a non-profit contemporary art organization serving artists, students, teachers and the general public worldwide.